Billy Blue Student Wins Adobe Award

14 October 2015

Winning awards is always a nice pat on the back for your efforts. For Billy Blue motion design student Daniel Braga Ulvestad, winning an Adobe Design Achievement Award became an unexpected chance to connect with some of his idols.

"It's the biggest international student competition in the world and there's 13 creative categories," Dan says. "All 13 category winners are invited to Los Angeles to attend the award ceremony as well as the Adobe Max conference - so it was a great opportunity for me."

Dan recalls that one of the most valuable aspects of the trip was the opportunity for networking. "With over 100 industry figures in attendance at the award ceremony, we were encouraged to talk to as many people as possible."

Dan wasted no time exchanging business cards as much as possible. There was instant reward. While at the ceremony he met Michael Patterson and Candace Reckinger, his wife, famous for their animation of the A-Ha classic Take On Me, which was a critically acclaimed video for its revolutionary mix of animation and live shooting. The video won a slew of awards in the '80s.

Source: Dan Braga

During their conversation, Dan mentioned that his dream workplace would be Elastic - the studio behind the title sequences for True Detective, as well as work on Call of Duty: Black Ops, Game of Thrones and the NBA's 'Everybody Up' campaign. Dan recalls that Michael more or less insisted Dan immediately jump in a cab and cruise over to Elastic's studio at Santa Monica and introduce himself. Armed only with the address and a keen sense of excitement, Dan arrived and managed to have a brief meeting with Patrick Clair, a Sydney-born creative director at Elastic, who is a big inspiration for Dan's work and someone he says he'd love to work with in the future. Dan recalls Patrick was impressed that he just turned up out of the blue as well as with his recent category win at ADAA. This is a dream connection for Dan, who has an ambition to work in the United States in the future.

The opportunity to attend the Adobe Max conference was also a great opportunity to see workshops, talks and presentations from some of the finest creative talent in the world.

Here's Dan's piece Blackshore that won the 'Post Production and Editing' category at the 2015 Adobe Design Achievement Awards:

Source: Dan Braga

Dan intends to complete his studies at Billy Blue while further developing his style and portfolio. He says he intends to enter ADAA 2016 and suggests that all creative students should do the same. Check out Dan's website here for more of his work.

Everyone at Billy Blue congratulates Dan on this immense achievement achievement and we hope that he and other Billy Blue students enjoy more success in the future.

And there's never a bad time to crank Take On Me and have a sing into the shampoo bottle: